Our Purpose | Service Description | Referral Guidelines
Geriatric Mental Health Outreach is a program of Family Mental Health and Addictions Services.
The objectives of the Geriatric Mental Health Outreach are:
To improve the mental health of older adults in the community, retirement homes and Long Term Care Homes
To increase awareness and understanding of issues related to aging
To identify and meet the unique needs of older adults in the community by a means of assessment counseling and psychiatric care.
This comprehensive program includes assessment, consultation, counseling, advocacy, referral, education and support groups.
Following a multidimensional assessment to determine the individual's needs, clients may be offered ongoing counseling and support, with a goal to help maintain independent living. With input from the client, family and staff, an individual plan will be devised to address the person's unique needs.
Education and caregiver support services are available to caregivers and family on a one-to-one or group basis through the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Psychiatry Outreach is also available to residents of long term care homes and retirement homes to assist staff with managing behaviour related to the resident's mental illness or cognitive-impairment.
Community education is available to older adults, their families, service providers and other interested community members. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Depression in the elderly
Stress and the professional caregiver
Mental health and aging
Dispelling the myths of aging
Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Team has a formal partnership with the Windsor Essex Geriatric/Consultation Program, and the Mental Health Program for Older Adults at the CMHA-Windsor Essex County Branch.
Referrals can be made by a family physician or psychiatrist by completing a referral form. To obtain a referral form call 519-257-5105 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Requests for education may be made to The Mental Health Program For Older Adults, Canadian Mental Health Association at 255-7440.